Pressure-Laminated Mouth Guards:
You will receive 1 credit(s) of continuing education credit upon successful completion of this course. The purchase price of this course is $49.00


This course reviews the step-by-step process used to manufacture pressure-laminated mouth guards. While it focuses on fabrication techniques in the dental office, the course will provide a dentist who chooses to have mouth guards fabricated in a qualified laboratory with information he/she needs to trim and adjust the appliances more effectively.

Learning Objectives:

Upon completion of this course, participants should be able to do the following:

  1. Understand the basic step-by-step process for fabrication of pressure-laminated mouth guards.
  2. Recognize the differences in fit and internal adaptation of different mouth guards.
  3. Understand the role of the health professional in providing pressure-laminated mouth guards.
  4. Realize the importance of a properly fitted mouth guard and compliance.


Laboratory-processed pressure-laminated mouth guards may be obtained in two ways: They may be (1) ordered from qualified dental laboratories or (2) fabricated in the dental office. This course focuses on the self-fabrication of state-of-the-art pressure-laminated mouth guards, teaching dentists how to provide these mouth guards without paying laboratory costs and, very often, in a shorter period of time. Because it addresses the step-by-step fabrication process, this course may also be valuable for dentists who choose to have mouth guards fabricated at an outside laboratory, providing deeper background knowledge that will improve their ability to trim and adjust the mouth guards.



  1. Introduction
  2. Classifications of Mouth Guards

    1. Stock
    2. Boil-and-Bite
    3. Custom-made
  3. The Importance of Custom-Made
  4. Comparison of Vacuum and Pressure Machines
  5. Pressure-Laminated Mouth Guards
  6. Fabrication Process

    1. The machine
    2. Material selection
    3. Model - trimmed and lubricated
    4. Material positioning
    5. Heater positioning

      1. Material reaction
    6. Pressure Activation

      1. De-activation
    7. Cooling
    8. Preliminary trimming
    9. Identification
    10. Second Layer
    11. Lamination
    12. Cooling
    13. Removal from cast
    14. Trimming
    15. Finish and polish
  7. Try-In

    1. Occlusion
  8. Summary

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